Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Parenting in Space Conference!







Chicago Area Families for Adoption is a proud sponsor of the
2017 Parenting in SPACE conference! 
April 28th - 30th, 2017
Hamburger University, Oak Brook, IL

Parenting in SPACE is a conference, some would call an experience, that offers hope to the moms, dads, and caregivers of children and youth who have experienced trauma in early childhood by providing them with the opportunity to connect, learn, and laugh.
Many of the parents and caregivers who attend Parenting in SPACE had  children who joined their families through adoption. Some by birth. Most of their children have very challenging behaviors and great challenges managing their emotions.  
Parenting in SPACE provides parents and caregivers many opportunities to learn the theory, and especially the practice, of therapeutic parenting through SPACE, a parenting model that uses the power of human connection to help children achieve greater self-regulation, stronger relationships and deeper self-worth.
Parenting in SPACE offers workshops, support groups, face-to-face time with mental health professionals, and a community of other parents and caregivers - all of whom truly understand the experience of parenting children who have experienced trauma and attachment, and who have behavioral and emotional challenges . 

Registration ends this Sunday so don't delay in checking out this great event!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Understanding the Birthmother Workshop




The Vulnerable Children’s Ministry Presents
A workshop…

“Understanding the Birthmother”



Join us for a unique opportunity to hear from Jan Collins, a mother who made an adoption plan for her infant son 23 years ago. Jan will share her story and help us understand the perspective of the birthmother or any parent who relinquishes their child to another family. 

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017, 7:30-8:45pm
Willow Creek Community Church,
Room B206 (near the chapel)
67 E. Algonquin Road, So. Barrington, IL



Jan Collins is the founder of The Birthmother Wellness Institute. She is a well-seasoned speaker, a birthmother wellness consultant for mental health professionals and faith communities and a voice for birthmothers across the country.

DCFS Training Credits are available for this workshop.



Childcare for infants through pre-K is available, and Awana is available for Kindergarten through Grade 5 at Midweek for Kids.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Attachement, Behavior, and What to Do About It





 

Working with Control Sensitive Youth- Reviewing with Focus 


Thursday, April 20th
6:30 – 8:30 pm 
Allendale Campus at Bradley Counseling Center,
Proops Professional Development Center, 420 Grand Ave, Lake Villa.

Daniel Goldberg, Psy.D. and Andie Becker, M.A., Allendale Association Residential Therapists and Trainers, will present a focused review of how the attachment style of the children in our care relates to their behaviors, particularly around issues of control and decision-making. Gain understanding of the youth’s behaviors, what motivates the connection to peers and adults, and how to aid in changing behaviors.
 
Register for the in-services by calling Tammy Goodwin or Keri Beyer 847.356.3322
or by emailing both tgoodwin@allendale4kids.org and kbeyer@allendale4kids.org
 
Foster Parent Networking and Dinner 6:00 p.m.
Foster parents are invited to connect, share ideas, and support each other over dinner before
every training program in the Proops Development Center. Dinner is provided for all who RSVP
at least 48 hours before the in-service. Dinner is served in the Proops Development Center 30
minutes prior to the start of the in-service. 
 
Child care is offered to foster homes licensed with Allendale Association who provide at least
48 hours notice.



Thursday, March 30, 2017

Body Safety Workshop!



You’re Invited to a Body Safety Workshop!
The Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County (CAC) 
presents: Keeping Our Children Safe: Let’s Talk About Body Safety.
This is part of a series of workshops for caregivers and children (4-8 yearsold) geared towards empowering our community in promoting safety of our children against child sexualabuse. Licensed therapists will facilitate separate groups for caregivers and children.
What: Keeping Our Children Safe: Let’s Talk About Body Safety for parents and children!
When: Tuesday April 4 6:30-7:30p.m. - English only
or
Saturday April 29 10:00-11:00a.m. - English & Spanish
Where: Hoffman Estates Village Hall - Hennessey Room, 1900 Hassell R. Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Cost: Free!
Registration: Please call 630-540-0549 or www.cachelps.org
We hope you will join us!
Questions? Contact Carrie Estrada at 630-540-0549 or cestrada@cachelps.org

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Human Services Conference!


Human Services Conference 2017

6th Annual Human Services Conference

Cultivating RESILIENCE with Clients and Communities

Friday, April 7, 2017, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wojcik Conference Center, Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, Illinois 60067
Join practitioners, educators, students and leaders for professional development on current human services issues, relevant resources, and best practices for serving our changing communities. At this inter-disciplinary conference, you will find dynamic sessions led by recognized leaders in the field, round-table discussions, panels, visual displays of healing and resilience, and a resource and university fair.

Our theme, Resilience, will involve sessions on clinical issues across the lifespan, under-served groups, social justice issues, and community organization with respect to cultivating resilience with clients and communities. Serving our diverse communities involves adaptation and resilience as professionals, organizations, and communities. As practitioners and organizational leaders, we utilize new resources, expand our competencies and engage in inter-disciplinary partnerships. In order to cultivate resilience in our clients, we engage with multiple systems, intercultural factors, social justice advocacy, and community development issues.

This annual conference is valuable for practitioners, educators, faith and organizational leaders, and students in human services, social work, criminal justice, education, health care, and related fields.

Monday, March 27, 2017

"Understanding the Birthmother" Workshop!



The Vulnerable Children’s Ministry Presents

“Understanding the Birthmother” workshop


Join us for a unique opportunity to hear from Jan Collins, a mother who made an adoption plan for her infant son 23 years ago. Jan will share her story and help us understand the perspective of the birthmother or any parent who relinquishes their child to another family. 

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017, 7:30-8:45pm
Willow Creek Community Church,
(In Guest Central, off the main lobby)
67 E. Algonquin Road, So. Barrington, IL




 Jan Collins is the founder of The Birthmother Wellness Institute. She is a well-seasoned speaker, a birthmother wellness consultant for mental health professionals and faith communities and a voice for birthmothers across the country.

DCFS Training Credits are available for this workshop


Childcare for infants through pre-K is available, and Awana is available for Kindergarten through Grade 5 at Midweek for Kids.
http://www.willowcreek.org/midweekforkids

Monday, March 20, 2017

Adoptive Family Camp Featuring TBRI!

Journey of Hope
Adoptive Family Camp - Apply by March 31st!
This summer, Holt-Sunny Ridge will be hosting our first Journey of Hope summer camp for domestic and international adoptees and their families.
This three-day camp is designed around the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)® parenting curriculum for adoptees and their families. Even years after their adoption, some children may struggle with behavior regulation, attachment and social skills. This camp will equip families with tools and strategies they can use to help their child learn self-regulation skills and deepen family attachment. Parents will also receive specialized TBRI training. 

Other activities include fun sensory games, art and equine therapy.
When: Friday, June 23 – Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: The Ranch of Hope Reins Equine Camp in Hampshire, IL
Cost: $350 per family or $450 for a family with more than one child

Requirements to Attend:
  1. Attending families must have both parents attend all 3 days
  2. For families who want to register siblings, both children must meet the requirements. If one does not, then childcare arrangements will need to be made for the sibling that is not eligible.
  3. Child(ren) must have been home for at least 1 year, and be between 7 to 11 years old.
  4. Please see flyer for more details before you apply.
Only ten spots are available for this pilot camp and applications are due by 
March 31, 2017. So apply now! 
 Questions? Contact Pam at pams@holtsunnyridge.org